By Kenya Confidential Nyanza Politics Correspondent – Kisumu, July 1, 2017
Nairobi ODM chairman, George Aladwa, openly told Kenyans that Raila is this year’s ODM’s last bullet and if some Kenyans die for him to be president, so be it. Raila promptly claimed Aladwa had been “misquoted”. That is how firmly he will defend violence.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has suspended campaigns in NASA flag-bearer Raila Odinga’s home County of Siaya. The unprecedented order begins with immediate effect.
The suspension follows the chaos that marred Raila’s rally in Rarieda last Monday and then neighbouring Migori among several other parts of Nyanza Counties. This is the first time the electoral body has been forced to take such drastic week-long suspension of campaign rallies.
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Trouble started when Raila invited Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga to address the crowd. Rowdy youths started chanting in support of gubernatorial candidate Nicholas Gumbo and woman representative candidate Florence Aluodo, who are running as independent candidates.
However , Gumbo rubbished claims linking him to the violence. He said the fracas was stage-managed to portray him as violent.
Rowdy ODM hooligans show no respect to fellow citizens when they pounce on them with blows, plastic seats, rungus or pelt them with stones. They are also never bothered to kick and about police officers intended to maintain law and order.
Siaya County Returning Officer Ruth Kulundu said all candidates are barred from conducting their campaigns until July 7.
In a meeting with aspirants, Kulundu warned that failure to adhere to the order will be met with severe punishment. She further warned that the ban will continue after July 7 if there will be no signs of tolerance among candidates or their supporters.
The meeting was attended by Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, independent candidates Nicholas Gumbo and Florence Aluodo.The county security team, led by county commissioner Josphine Onunga, also attended the meeting.
The violence experienced in many parts of Luo Nyanza are the fruits of political policy that guides Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) that its leader condones to a large measure. Recently he has started provoking ethnic hate among the peace-loving Maasai aimed at land skirmishes with the Kikuyu community.
To a majority of Raila followers politics is best expressed through violence and when occasion calls, mass action in which crowds possessed by mob hysteria destroy and loot business establishments, stone fellow citizens and at times even kill.
ODM chairman in Nairobi George Aladwa openly told Kenyans that Raila is this year’s ODM’s last bullet and if some Kenyans die for him to be president, so be it. Raila promptly claimed Aladwa had been “misquoted”. That is how firmly he will defend violence.
Political violence has spread to many parts of Kenya on seeing that perpetrators are never punished. Indeed, Kenya has suffered post election violence every year since 1992 except 2003, when Raila took a ride on Mwai Kibaki’s presidential campaign. It is difficult to understand how a leader whose political philosophy is founded on violence and deep rooted in ethnic hate can unite a country as Raila claims he will.